Nurse registration applications

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The Association met with the Nursing Council in early February 2023 to discuss the processing time for nurses, in particular IQNs, to become registered in New Zealand. Many members will be aware that this process takes many weeks. The Council reassured us that it has undertaken a number of significant policy changes this year to reduce this overall time. The planned change to the CAP system should also help to speed up the process. The Council was keen for us to understand the compared with their international counterparts, New Zealand is the most efficient with registering internationally qualified nurses. We are in fact twice as quick as Australia to process registrations.

The NZACA understands the frustration these delays bring to our members and will continue to work with the Nursing Council to see improvements and to assist our members in supporting their future employees to get through this process as quickly as possible. The Nursing Council has provided a handy table outlining the documentation required for an IQN to gain New Zealand registration. Click here to view the IQN documentation required by the Nursing Council

Wrap-up of the Managers and Aspiring Leaders workshop

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And that’s a wrap!

Ka pai to everyone who made it to this series of the Managers and Aspiring Leaders workshops, we had great feedback from those who attended and are excited to see you all at the next round of workshops in the new year!

Topics that were discussed: The Care Workforce – Sector Agreements for specific AEWV occupations – Immigration New Zealand, Building Resilience in a team, Strategies to identify and manage complaint responses and Providing Connectivity in the aged care sector.

Workshops 2023

We are currently booking the dates for the Workshop for Registered Nurses in February 2023, if you would like to attend, please register your interest by filling in the form below!

Workshop Dates for 2023:

  • Thursday, 23 February – Christchurch – Te Pae Convention Centre
  • Friday, 24 February – Porirua – Te Rauparaha Arena
  • Monday, 27 February – Auckland – Sofitel Hotel
  • Tuesday, 28 February – Tauranga – Cubro Head Offices
  • Friday, 3 March – Dunedin – Fable

Registrations will open next week, so please fill out the form below by clicking on the tab to register your interest, and we will let you know as soon as registration opens!

Some of the topics throughout the day will include:

  • Registered Nurse Leadership – authorization and delegation
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)
  • InterRAI Assessments – Palliative Care Tool
  • Updates on Palliative Care

2022 Summit Wrap-up

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Annual Summit 2022

New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) & Retirement Villages Association (RVA) Annual Summit 2022

Retirement Living and Aged Care

Summit 2022

The overriding theme from our presenters is that Aged Care is indeed in crisis. We heard that the solution starts with staffing, the solution to staffing starts with overseas recruitment and the solution to keeping our nurses comes with Pay Parity.

The new heads of Te Whatu Ora, Health NZ, and Te Aka Whai Ora – Maori Health Authority, Margie Apa Chief Executive, Health New Zealand and Riana Manuel Chief Executive, Māori Health Authority spoke of a structure that would deliver more essential services to more Kiwis for less money.

Grainne Moss, Chief Executive and System Lead Pay Equity, Public Service Commission gave us confidence that Pay Equity for the sector was recognised as a priority.



Dr Willem Landman, Head of Division, Waitemata DHB, Specialty Medicine & Health of Older People, spoke about the pressures our EDs are under and how the hospitals and the Aged Care facilities can work better and more efficiently together.

Alison McDonald, Deputy Secretary, Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, highlighted the work being done to get nurses and care workers into the sector from overseas, but left Conference acknowledging the sector isn’t entirely convinced.

Chris Fleming, former Southern DHB Chief Executive, reiterated the crisis theme saying the sector is in a perilous state but the Government can’t afford to pay for the sector.

Carolyn Cooper, Aged Care Commissioner, offered a ray of hope and told the delegates that the intent is on getting things done. We should celebrate the creation of the role.

Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Minister for COVID-19 Response, Associate Minister of Health, and Minister for Seniors reiterated Labour’s commitment to addressing Pay Parity but wouldn’t acknowledge the sector was in crisis.

At our political panel we saw Tangi Utikere, Health Select Committee Chair from the  Labour Party, Dr Shane Reti, Health Spokesperson for the National Party and Brooke Van Velden,  Deputy Leader of the ACT Party, discuss funding, Pay Parity, immigration, creating beds, retaining staff and valuing everyone who works in the sector.  Two of our panel members agreed that we were most definitely in crisis. All three politicians know the challenges this sector faces, and that if something isn’t done, we will be in crisis.

And Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Associate Professor, University of Auckland, said we are still doing the right thing to treat Covid with a huge level of caution; masks, mandates, self-isolation, vaccines, all being key in keeping our population safe from an ever-evolving virus.

Dr Paul Wood, author of the book Mental Fitness, inspired us to be the best versions of ourselves we can be.

Let’s look forward to next year when national politics will be taking centre stage, whatever the time of year, and with it we hope more recognition and support for the Aged Care sector.

Rawdon Christie

The Summit is brought to you by the NZ Aged Care Association Education Trust.